What Do I Pray For? Part 1 of Prayer III

What do I pray for?  I’ve examined my concept of God. I accept that God loves me, wants me to love him, and rewards those who seek Him. I’ve discussed belief. Now, what do I pray for, or what should I pray for? Before I give my answer, my opinion of course, to this matter, lets return to my concept …

Worship or Sunday Sacrifice: Is Your Religion Classic Greek?

Worship or the Sunday Sacrifice In early Western history, morality and religion lacked the link many people accept and expect today. In contrast, a classic Greek separated ethics from religion. Usually Greeks and Romans participated in worship so that the gods would leave them alone asking them to please stay out of their lives. On occasion, a Greek or Roman …

A Real Life Not a Patched Up Religion: Matthew 9:14-17

A real life promised by Jesus, in this section, he compares reasons for fasting. He implies to his disciples that he will give them a deeper relational purpose for fasting in the future. In contrast, he will not impose fasting on them as an ascetic, traditional, religious practice. Again his focus in on the inner life, not on adhering to …

What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?—Wrong Question

  What Would Jesus Do? Concept vs. Relationship What would Jesus do? It is a phrase that many use to remind themselves of a better path. The problem with the question is that we can use it to create a theoretical concept that we worship rather than maintaining a relationship with the living Christ. In Food in God’s Place, (Currently …

What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III

What Do I Pray For? What do I pray for? I know from Matthew 7:7, that if I ask, I will receive. From Hebrews 11:6,I know that God rewards those who earnestly seek him. I also know from James 4:3, God considers motives and substantive prayer provides more than ‘just getting what I want.’ Hebrews 11 provides the key: relationship …